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Students receive £500 compensation for lost exam papers

A dozen second year students at York University are to each receive £500 compensation after their English exam papers were lost.

Students sittting exams Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The papers were sent by the university to an examiner but never arrived, and despite, the university, the examining board and Royal Mail spending the last two weeks trying to track them down they have not been found.

Now the students will have to submit an extra 2000 word essay to complete the assessment. The university say the compensation payout is in recognition of the extra work the students will have to undertake.

Charity urges drivers to slow down outside schools

More than 7,000 schoolchildren from across the region are taking part in a road safety campaign today.

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The 'Giant Walk', led by charity Brake, encourages children to walk to school. It comes as a survey found that only a quarter of parents believe that the route their children take to school is safe to walk.

As part of their campaign they are also urging drivers to slow down to 20 miles-per-hour in community areas, in a bid to make streets safer. They claim that reducing speed limits will give drivers more time to react and save lives.

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Young volunteers honoured in Doncaster

Doncaster's young volunteers have been recognised for their contribution to the local community at a Volunteer Awards Presentation at the Mansion House.

Young volunteers in Doncaster

33 young people were honoured for their work. They have volunteered a total of 2800 hours between. Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, attended the event and presented the young people with their awards.

As a child I travelled from Kenya with my family to live in England; my parents wanted a better life for me in a country that provided a good education, more opportunities and equality. I saw a DVD in a school assembly about the Youth Council and young people having a voice to help make a difference for children and young people. As a Youth Councillor I’ve taken part in training sessions, building my confidence and communication skills. Volunteering has given me so much, it has opened up more opportunities and has benefitted my life. I want to give something back, I want to improve our futures and volunteering has helped me to do this.

– Rachel, a 15-year-old volunteer

£1.5 million set aside by council for National Rail College

Doncaster Council has made £1.5 million available for the National Rail College development in the town.

£1.5 million set aside by council for National Rail College Credit: Doncaster Council

Capital funding of £1.1 million will be put towards pre-construction preparation, including detailed design work and surveys to support the planning application. That money will be returned to the council when government grant funding is secure later this year.

In addition, £400,000 has been approved for the development of the curriculum and developing opportunities for people in the area to access the college when it is up and running.

The College is fundamental to the rail sector's future and Doncaster is right at the heart of it. I am committed to driving our economy forward and the National College of High Speed Rail will continue to do just that. It will enable our existing world-class rail companies to flourish and be a magnet for attracting new private sector investment. This combination of benefits will in turn deliver high quality jobs and sustained economic growth for residents across the borough and wider Sheffield City Region. It is tremendous news that such good progress is being made with this key project.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster

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Anti-bullying campaigner: Get evidence and report the bully

The boss of an anti-bullying campaign says anyone affected by bullying should get evidence and report it.

Tesse Ojo urged parents to resist the urge to confront bullies, as this could inflame the situation, but instead speak to the target of the bullying to find out how they want it tackled.

She spoke about the case of Matthew Jones, who took his own life after being bullied, and said it is something the Diana Award sees too often.

Tesse spoke to John Shires and Christine Talbot:

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Bullying survivor: 'Never suffer in silence'

A teenager who was bullied to the point where she tried to take her own life, says victims must always speak out.

Amy Moloney, 15 and from Leyland, spoke to ITV as part of our Stop Bullying campaign. She accepts that telling someone what has happened is the "hardest part," but she believes it is the key to tackling bullies.

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